Former Middlesbrough striker Kris Boyd is the latest lining up to have a go at Newcastle defender Grant Hanley.

The United centre-back is likely to line up for Scotland at Wembley tonight but Boyd says ‘No harm to Grant Hanley but I’m fed up seeing him make the same mistakes’ for his country.

Newcastle United have won the last seven matches the Scottish international has been involved in (since defeat at Fulham on opening day) but there seems to be a groundswell of pundits over the border, who are wanting to make him a scapegoat.

Picking Hanley out as the prime example, Kris Boyd says that the level of defenders available to Scotland brings him out in a ‘cold sweat’.

It is a reality that Gordon Strachan’s current first choice centre-half pairing are a Championship one, with Norwich’s Russell Martin partnering Newcastle’s Grant Hanley.

However, surely this is reflected right throughout the Scottish squad/team, which is almost entirely made up of Championship/lower Premier League players, or even worse, players who are still playing in the Scottish Premier League – which must be the equivalent of League One in England at best.

Kris Boyd talking to the Scottish Sun:

Good luck to Gordon Strachan at Wembley.

“I can’t help but think he’s going to need it.

 I don’t know about my old Middlesbrough boss but one look at the defenders in his squad has me coming out in a cold sweat.

“I hate to say it because I always like to think of the positives ahead of any big game – but I really am worried about this one.

No harm to Grant Hanley but I’m fed up seeing him make the same mistakes in a Scotland top.

“Chances are it will be Grant Hanley who Gordon picks to play alongside Russell Martin but for me that would be a big mistake.”